Go Nuts in Alamogordo, N.M.

Just minutes from White Sands National Monument, Alamogordo, N.M., has some must-see attractions.
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PistachioLand's giant pistachio in Alamogordo, N.M.

Giant pistachio

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Get a photo of you and the world’s largest pistachio that’s made of cement and stands 30 feet tall. A tribute to Tom McGinn, founder of McGinn’s PistachioLand, it was the vision of Tom’s son, Tim McGinn.

Visit the infamous Trinity Site, a National Historic Landmark, where the first atomic bomb was tested on July 16, 1945. It’s only open to the public the first Saturday in April and in October. Learn more at alamogordonmtrue.com/trinity-site. Or if your timing does not work out for the site, get a shot of yourself in front of the gorgeous Pueblo Revival building that houses the Tularosa Basin Museum of History. It features exhibits on the area from prehistoric to the Space Race. 

New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, N.M.

New Mexico Museum of Space History

Want to see the stars?


Spend the night, or at least part of it, at the Oliver Lee Memorial State Park where volunteers teach travelers about the stars, planets and moon beneath beautiful dark skies. Check the New Mexico State Parks website at www.emnrd.state.nm.us for scheduled events.

Visit the New Mexico Museum of Space History where you can see a mock-up of the International Space Station, learn about living in space, rockets, satellites and so much more. Plus, there’s a planetarium on site to gaze at the stars

The Patio at Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wines, Alamogordo, NM

Patio at Heart of the Desert Pistachios & Wines

Ready to go nuts?

Nature (and Culture)Culture (and Nature)

Dubbed the “nuttiest place in New Mexico,” McGinn’s PistachioLand has everything from motorized tours of the pistachio orchards and vineyards to a wine tasting room, pistachio bar, an ice cream parlor and country store.

Learn all about pistachios on the guided free walking tour at Heart of the Desert. The ranch is the state’s first and largest producer of pistachios. Enjoy a glass of wine on the Tuscan-inspired patio that overlooks the pistachio groves.

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